This post was contributed by Leigh Sawyer (Manager, Grants, Awards and Fellowships, Learning Futures).

Griffith educators have achieved remarkable success attaining two Australian Awards for University Teaching and four Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2018 round.

Furthermore, at the awards ceremony in Canberra last evening, Griffith academic, Dr Kevin Larkin, from the School of Education and Professional Studies, was named 2018 Australian University Teacher of the Year.  Kevin is the fourth Griffith academic to win this prestigious award. This pre-eminent award recognises an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching.

Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on winning these highly competitive national awards. The University’s 2018 Award winners are:

Dr Kevin Larkin from the School of Education and Professional Studies received an AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence in the Social and Behavioural Sciences category and the 2018 Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year, for motivating and inspiring future teachers to overcome their anxiety with mathematics and to develop their teaching skills as creative, motivated and knowledgeable mathematics educators. Kevin received a 2017 National Teaching Citation and was the 2016 Vice Chancellor’s Griffith University Teacher of the Year.


The Go Health Go Griffith Program from Griffith Health implemented by Associate Professor Suzzanne Owen (Lead), Associate Professor Helen Massa, Lyn Armit (Queensland Health) and Education Queensland received an AAUT Award for Programs and Teams that Enhance Learning. The program is an innovative tripartite educational and Health career partnership, building educational aspiration for high school students from diverse backgrounds, and preparing them for university and career success.


The University’s 2018 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning winners are:

Dr Irene Bartlett, Queensland Conservatorium

For motivating and inspiring students as creative and knowledgeable singers/performers/teachers through development of curricula, resources and services that reflect a command of the field.


Associate Professor Sarah Cresswell, School of Environment and Science

For approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire forensic chemistry students to learn and to develop their professional identity.


Dr Vinod Gopalan, School of Medicine and School of Medical Science

For enhancing student engagement in learning histopathology through development of approaches that are authentic, industry informed and underpinned with scholarly activities.


Dr Diana Tolmie, Queensland Conservatorium

For distinctive and scholarly innovations in music vocational preparation curriculum design and teaching that promote career-confident, knowledgeable and sustainable musicians.


We thank these colleagues for their outstanding achievements in learning and teaching and congratulate them on this significant achievement.

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